AllTheLawz wrote:Honestly, there are very, very few direct entry level routes to PI so what you are really asking about is fellowship opportunities. Tons of fellowship opportunities at H and from there its just about finding a place that is willing to take you on for a year or two. After that, there is a very good chance you will be back in the job market.
Yeah, this is really key. There's almost no paying jobs right out of law school in PI, even if you go to Harvard. They all start with unpaid fellowships that are hopefully funded by your school. In other words, you basically volunteer your time for at least one (but most likely two) years before you can actually latch on in a full-time, paid job.
The problem is that in a lot of these positions, you are classified as a "volunteer" and not as a full-time employee, even if you work 40 hours a week, and thus you do not qualify for 10-year IBR during these years. You have to use your loan deferments instead, and interest accumulates quickly. If you take on sticker debt, you could be adding like $20K/year to your total.